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On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the Upper Hudson Valley Wine Trail combined forces with the Saratoga-North Creek Railway for the first ever Wine and Rails Festival. I was so intrigued when I heard of this event. It combined two things I am passionate about, locally sourced food and wine and the Adirondacks. Add to that the Saratoga-North Creek Railroad, something I've heard a lot about, but had never experienced, and I just had to go.

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The view from the train
Keen Ice won last year's Travers Stakes, but who will win this year? Get ready for Travers Day, visit the Washington County Fair, and check out five other fantastic events going on this weekend in Saratoga!

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This weekend marks the biggest event at the Saratoga Race Course all year - Travers Day.

There are special rules in effect for Travers Day and tickets are getting scarce - get all your details here, along with all the other great events happening during the week.

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Photo courtesy of NYRA    
It's the week we've all been waiting for; Travers Day is here this Saturday, August 27th! And you know what that means -- lots of people and lots of traffic throughout Travers Week.

Plan a break from the crowded streets of Spa City, and make reservations at at any one of these 10 great restaurants that are all just a short drive away from the Saratoga Race Course! You'll be glad you did!

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Kitchen at Top Notch Tavern    
As the summer comes to a close, so does the Tang Museum's free concert series, UpBeat on the Roof. This Friday, August 26th, is your last chance this year to see an awesome artist perform on the roof of the museum.

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Random 33, photo provided by the artists    
For the second year in a row, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has decided to cap attendance for Travers Day at 50,000 at the Saratoga Race Course. Reserved seating is already full for the 147th running of this historic event, so you need to get your general admission tickets now because they will sell out fast!

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W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell of Dogwood Stables and three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer William "Bill" Mott will be introduced into the Saratoga Walk of Fame during the Red Jacket Ceremony on Friday, August 26th. This classic event will take place on the eve of one of the biggest days at the track, Travers, happening on August 27th.

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Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, Marylou Whitney, and John Hendrickson at the 2015 Red Jacket Ceremony, photo courtesy of NYRA
Check out the Philadelphia Orchestra's grand finale at SPAC, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and eight more awesome events going on this weekend in and around Saratoga!

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Travers Day is undoubtedly one of the biggest events to happen at the track all season. But don't miss out on Travers 1864 Restaurant Week, presented by Mazzone Hospitality - check out the many area restaurants participating in special pricing and menus in celebration of the Mid-Summer Derby. 

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Ravenous, a participating restaurant in Travers 1864 Restaurant Week    
If you haven't been to the re-branded Saratoga Casino Hotel, then you should make a trip soon. Anyone who has played a game on the casino floor with a Saratoga Club card through August 20, 2016 will have a chance to win a brand new Maserati GHIBLI!

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Photo Credit: Saratoga Casino Hotel

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